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Tribune Expands Role for Philadelphia Station GM

TribuneNew304Tribune Broadcasting named Vince Giannini senior vice president and GM of its Philadelphia MyNetworkTV WPHL and Washington. D.C. CW affiliate WDCW.

Giannini has been GM of WPHL since 2003 and acting GM of WDCW since August.

“I look forward to the opportunity to have a positive impact at both PHL17 and DCW50,” said Giannini. “The excellent staff at PHL17 has made this increased responsibility possible. Over the past four months I have had the pleasure of working firsthand with the talented group of professionals at DCW50. We are all eager and ready to take the station to the next level.”

Giannini was station manager of Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX from 2001 to 2003. Before that, he was director of finance and administration at KTLA in Los Angeles from 1993 to 2001 and worked at Tribune’s Chicago station WGN from 1990 to 1993.

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Former WPVI Reporter Takes Communications Gig with Philly Newspapers

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When reporter Amy Buckman left Philadelphia’s ABC-owned WPVI after 25 years, she said she needed some time with her family and maybe even enjoying a snowstorm without having to work. Buckman said then she’d return to work “if the right opportunity presents itself.” It did.

Buckman’s been hired as manager of public relations and special events by Interstate General Media, publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and the website Philly.com. She starts next month.

IGM publisher H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest said “Amy is obviously a magnificent communicator with a proven track record as a television reporter and producer at WPVI. Her versatility as a journalist, a public speaker and strategic thinker make her a perfect fit for this important position at IGM.”

Veteran Reporter Lu Ann Cahn Leaving WCAU

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Longtime investigative reporter Lu Ann Cahn has announced that she will be retiring from WCAU, the NBC owned Philadelphia station. Cahn joined WCAU in 1987 as a general assignment reporter and spent the next 27 years at the station, reporting on everything from the Olympics to her personal battle with breast cancer, at the age of 35.

“Lu Ann is a woman who strikes fear in the hearts of scammers and evil-doers, hope in the hearts of breast cancer patients and confidence in the hearts of those longing to re-boot their lives,” said Anzio Williams, WCAU’s vice president of news.

“We wish Lu Ann the same high level of success she shared with us during her years here at NBC10,” Eric Lerner, president and general manager, added.

Cahn released her first book last year, I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day, based on her blog, which WCAU says is the ”foundation for the beginning of her next great adventure.”

Her last day at WCAU is December 19.

KYW, Anchor, Sued Over Sex Abuse Report

KYW-TV_openCBS-owned KYW in Philadelphia, and its anchor, Chris May, face a lawsuit over a report that aired on the station back in May.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports the station did air a correction and apology after its story, which was described the arrest of a school police supervisor over allegations he sexually abused a boy:

Howard Rubin is the suspect,” May intoned, as Rubin’s picture flashed on the screen. “He is accused in the sexual abuse of an underage male student.”

Now, here’s why CBS3′s story may cost the station big bucks in a lawsuit filed Friday: Rubin not only was not fired, but he also has not been accused of, nor arrested for, sexually abusing anyone.

“It appears to me that this was a really big mistake on their part and there will be really big consequences,” said lawyer Derek Steenson, who filed the lawsuit on Rubin’s behalf in Common Pleas Court.

 

Renowned Photographer Anne Geddes Talks World Prematurity Day on WTXF

WTXF, the FOX-owned Philadelphia station, had legendary photographer Anne Geddes on “Good Day Philadelphia” this morning to talk about her partnership with March of Dimes, a nonprofit which “funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.”

Today is World Prematurity Day, and Geddes is in Philly to help unveil the Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She also donated an image for March of Dimes, which will be in their new print PSA.

Anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley created their own Geddes-inspired photo, with less than stellar results. You can see their attempt at ‘art’, plus plenty of teeny, tiny, babies, in the video above.

KYW Adds Reporter from Charlotte

spunt kywDavid Spunt has joined Philadelphia CBS owned stations KYW-WPSG as a reporter.

Before starting at WBTV in Charlotte, N.C. in 2012, Spunt worked at WAFB in Baton Rouge, La. He’s also worked at WRBL in Columbus, Ga.

Early in his career, the Miami University graduate worked as a production assistant for The CBS Evening News.

WPVI Meteorologist Takes Leave to Raise Son

Philly.com reports WPVI meteorologist Adam Joseph is taking a two month leave of absence from the Philadelphia ABC owned station to be a stay-at-home dad.

But, then, those in the know already knew. Back in August, Joseph actually posted a message to Facebook saying that he’d “take a leave of absence to bond with [Jacob] later in the fall.” Though, knowing doesn’t exactly make the coming separation any easier.

“It took so much effort to get him into our lives that he deserves my full undivided attention,” Joseph wrote on his facebook page. “We are ready to do some great things together. Hope to see you this evening for one final forecast. But don’t worry, I will return in late January.”

Justin Finch Joins KYW-WPSG

Finch KYWPhiladelphia CBS owned station KYW and CW affiliate WPSG have added Justin Finch as a reporter.

Before coming to KYW-WPSG, Finch had worked at WTVJ in Miami, Fla. since 2011. He has also worked at Channel One News. In 2005, he started his career at News 12 The Bronx & Brooklyn in New York City.

Finch has completed the CNN Master’s Fellow program in Atlanta. He is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

NBC Owned Stations Names Sarah Glover Head of Social Media

NBCOTS_VectorSarah Glover has been promoted to Social Media Editor for the NBC Owned Television Stations division.

Glover comes to NBC OTS from WCAU in Philadelphia. She will help the station group’s 11 stations “build and engage” their social media audiences.

“Sarah is smart, collaborative and understands firsthand the daily needs of our stations’ digital teams,” Josh Kleinbaum, executive editor of Digital Media, NBC Owned Television Stations said in a statement. “As audiences increasingly turn to social media for their local news and information, Sarah will play an integral role in ensuring we have the right strategies in place to engage our communities and distribute our content across the various social platforms.”

Before working at WCAU, Glover was staff photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News. Before that she was staff photographer at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Reporter Amy Buckman Leaving Philadelphia’s WPVI After 25 Years

static.squarespaceAfter 25 years, “Saving with 6ABC” reporter Amy Buckman is leaving Philadelphia ABC-owned station WPVI. According to Philly.com, Buckman started at the station as a producer in 1989.

Buckman told Philly Daily News writer Molly Eichel that WPVI offered her another contract, but she declined, wanting to spend more time with her family:

“My husband, Terry, is very supportive of my decision and I’m already enjoying spending weekends at home and being able to watch my youngest son’s sporting events,” she said.

As for what Buckman will do next, the consumer reporter says she will be taking some much needed time off before possibly returning to work, if the right opportunity presents itself:

“In the meantime, I’m looking forward to sleeping in on Thanksgiving (though I will watch the parade on TV!) and sipping hot chocolate on my couch during our first winter snowstorm,” she said.

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